RIDES: SLOW AND STEADY BUILDS THE BASE
Putting together a group ride can be challenging. If everyone’s not on the same page about there wheres/whats and whens of the ride, it can be frustrating as well. A huge mistake I made last year was dropping hammers in the winter when I should have been more Mellow Johnny for a few months. Luckily, we were able to gather a group of us this morning with the same goal of building a base. Here’s what Joe Friel, author of The Cyclist Training Bible has to say about the importance of base miles:
“When you ride for two or more hours at a steady pace—a typical base ride—your body responds with changes that allow you to use more oxygen and burn more fat as fuel. Your mitochondria—the parts of your cells that produce energy—also multiply and enlarge. And you churn out more enzymes that help turn stored fuel into energy. The result: You can ride faster and longer.” (Joe Friel via Bicycling.com)
Mitochondria. Enzymes. Base. Got it? Good. Now go plan a group ride, be social, take more photos, and take it easy every once in a while!
RIDES: NYE BROOKLYN TO BEAR
2013 had its ups and downs, so Don and I decided to head to bear for one more up, and one more down. Luckily, we survived the 4.5 hours in the low 20°F’s. Here’s to more ups and more downs for 2014. Happy New Year, everyone.
BEAR MOUNTAIN 2X: QUITTER’S EDITION
Two years ago, on July 4, 2011, I made the decision to quit smoking after 11 years of nicotine addiction. If it hadn’t been for the bike, I would probably still be a smoker to this day. This year, I decided to begin a tradition of Bear Mountain repeats for each year of being a successful quitter - a mission that I would have definitely failed if I continued on my path as a chain smoker. Here’s to all the quitters.
WEDNESDAY IS HILL DAY
Earlier this week, we took the back roads to Nyack for the first time in a few months. Phil had a great day and destroyed all the big climbs of the day, not to mention pulling us the entire way home on 9W.
SOLO MISSION: BEAR AND BACK
Note to self: 100+ mile rides are highly more enjoyable in good company. Longest solo ride to date. Won’t do that again for a while.